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Listening test #1

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Section 3:

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Questions 21-30

Questions 21-24
21. The meeting has been arranged because
A. the tutor has some concerns about the student’s academic progress
B. it is an opportunity for the student to discuss his academic performance
C. the tutor is checking whether there is anything that can be done to support the student
Show answer B

22.The student
A. is happy with his achievements in languages
B. feels his classmates are performing better than him in some subjects
C. feels that that the tutor should be offering more support
Show answer B

23. The student has a part time job
A. arranged by the tutor
B. to get work experience
C. three days a week
Show answer C

24. The student feels
A. he needs to focus a little more on his studies
B. that a study plan would be helpful
C. that his work is interfering with his studies
Show answer A

25. A study group
A. might help the students discuss issues they find difficult
B. means that the students can approach the tutor together
C. cannot be held near the library
Show answer A


Questions 26-30

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER.

26. Where are the French lectures held?
Show answer SOUTH CAMPUS

27. What’s wrong with the student’s bicycle?
Show answer FLAT (FRONT) TYRE/TIRE

28. When does the first bus leave?
Show answer 12.00

29. What does the tutor recommend joining during the semester break?
Show answer WORK PLACEMENT SCHEME

30. What additional funds did the student try to get?
Show answer HARDSHIP GRANT


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Section 3

Tutor:

Hi John, please come in. As you know, the university has set up these meetings to give all students the opportunity to talk to their tutors about the subjects and how they are doing academically, but this is also a chance for you to talk about how things are going generally, living in the student accommodation, sharing facilities with other students, that sort of thing. And don’t forget, everything we discuss here remains confidential. So, how do you feel the year is going so far?

Student:
Well, yeah, no problems really. I’m doing OK with my subjects. I just got 82% for my last history assignment, so I’m very pleased with that. Things aren’t going so well with my language classes though. I’m starting to wonder whether I should have taken just the history lectures this semester.

Tutor:
Hmm… so what grades are you getting for languages?

Student:
Well, I’m just above the pass level for French, but I think I might fail my German classes. I just can’t seem to get the hang of it, and it’s so much harder than when I was in high school.

Tutor:
Is there anything your German tutor can do to help you, do you think?

Student:
No, not really. I mean, all my classmates seem to be OK – it’s just me. But then again, I haven’t really divided my time equally between the subjects, and I have started a part time job recently that gives me even less time.

Tutor:
Oh, I see. Do you think you should have a job if your studies are suffering?

Student:
Well, I wouldn’t choose to, but I need to earn a little extra cash to pay for some of my living expenses. I have a student loan but it’s limited and doesn’t last the week. And the job is only four hours a day Saturday and Sunday, as well as one evening during the week, so it’s not too much time. I think I just need to be a little more disciplined with my studies.

Tutor:
Do you have a study plan? You know – a schedule of when you will study which subject and for how long?

Student:
To be honest, I made a plan at the beginning of last semester but I didn’t stick to it, so I haven’t made one for this semester. I don’t think it really helped me much.

Tutor:
Well if that’s not the kind of thing that works for you, how about creating a study group with some of your classmates? You can discuss the work you have studied that week, and talk about those things that you are finding difficult. It may be that one of the other students can explain something in a way that you find easier to understand. You can find a quiet table in the room in front of the library to meet, or if that doesn’t work you can come and see me and I’ll try to find a quiet room for you in this part of the school.

Student:
Hmmm… that’s actually quite a good idea. It would give me a chance to catch up, and it would certainly make me feel more confident. I’ll try to get some people interested and see how we go from there.

Tutor:
OK, good.

Tutor:
And what about student life? Are you happy where you are living?

Student:
Oh yes, it’s much better than I thought it would be. In the first semester, I didn’t really like living with so many other people, but now I’ve come to quite like it. Most of the people on my floor are very friendly and we all get on well. It’s good to spend some time with people that are studying different subjects, too, otherwise you spend too much time talking about coursework and assignments. I am finding it a little difficult getting to the French lectures though. It’s on the south campus and takes me nearly half an hour to walk there, and I only have 30 minutes between my French lecture and my history lecture, so I have been late a few times.

Tutor:
Do you have a vehicle of your own?

Student:
No…well, I have a bicycle, but I haven’t used it since the end of last semester when the front tyre went flat.

Tutor:
OK, well what about using the bus? It runs between the two campuses so would get you there in about 10 minutes. It only costs 24 pounds for the semester.

Student:
Yes, I looked into that, but I don’t get out of my history lecture until 12.00 and the first bus leaves then, so I never get to the bus stop on time. The next bus comes at 25 past, so that would get me there late.

Tutor:
Oh, I see. Then I recommend you look into getting your bicycle fixed then. You can’t afford to be late, especially as you are only at a pass level at the moment. Have you talked to your French teacher about why you are sometimes late?

Student:
I keep meaning to but never get round to it.

Tutor:
OK, well I think that you ought to make that a priority as soon as you can. Have you had any thoughts about what you plan to do over the summer break? We encourage all of our students to enrol in our work placement scheme, where the university will help students find a job doing something that they think they might like to pursue after graduation. Have you had any thoughts?

Student:
Well, as I said before, I really need a little extra money at the moment, and I have been offered some extra shifts at the restaurant where I am working at the moment, so I’ll probably take that, even though it’s not what I plan to do in the long term. Maybe next year I’ll be in a better position to look for something more in line with my future career.

Tutor:
I see. Well, have you considered applying for an extension to your current student loan?

Student:
Yes, I have, but unfortunately I was turned down – I didn’t qualify for the hardship grant I had applied for. I guess I need to learn to live a little more economically, and stop going out so much.

 

Listening test #1

Free IELTS listening test 4 Section 4

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Section 4:

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SECTION 4

Questions 31-40

Complete the summary below using NO MORE THAN ONE WORD

Brain drain occurs when technically skilled and/or 31.     workers leave a particular country, usually due to 32.     instability, safety or health-related reasons. Brain drain has a negative impact on the country the individuals leave due to the associated economic 33.     The term ‘brain drain’ was first used to describe migration from 34.     to America after the war.

31. Show answer EDUCATED

32. Show answer POLITICAL

33. Show answer COST

34. Show answer EUROPE


Questions 35-38

Decide which of the answers the statements refer to.

Choose your answers from the list and write the correct letter A-D next to questions 35-37

a. America
b. Canada
c. Neither America or Canada
d. Both America and Canada

35. Has experienced brain drain due to difficult living conditions.    
Show answer C

36. Incentives were offered to encourage early settlers to stay.    
Show answer B

37. Brain drain activity decreased between the 1920s and the 1960s.    
Show answer B

38. Is thought to offer superior research opportunities.    
Show answer A


Questions 39 and 40

Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

39. The fall in what makes it even more important for governments to attract skilled migrants to their country?    
Show answer BIRTH RATES

40. What is it easier for immigrants to smaller towns to earn than those in larger cities in relation to the domestic population?    
Show answer EQUAL INCOME

 


 

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The ‘brain drain’ refers to the situation that occurs due to large-scale emigration of educated or technically skilled individuals to other countries which has a negative impact upon the country they are choosing to leave. Usually this migration is prompted by a desire to escape conflict, a country plagued with health risks or political instability, but may also simply be inspired by a desire to improve one’s economic opportunities.

Brain drain is usually regarded as having an economic cost to the country being left behind, since emigrants are calculated to take with them the fraction of value of their training sponsored by the government and there is an economic cost involved in finding skilled replacements to meet market needs. The term ‘brain drain’ was first used to describe the emigration of scientists and technologists to North America from post-war Europe.

Brain drains are commonly experienced by developing nations where harsh or troubled living situations encourage nationals to wish to leave for brighter, healthier and safer futures. However, this type of migration can also be seen in seemingly developed and relatively comfortable economies but where people prefer to move to neighbouring countries perceived to have on offer even better, brighter opportunities. An example of the latter is the situation experienced by Canada with migration patterns to the United States of America.

As early as the 1860s, a trend towards preference for life in the United States was observed by Canadian administration when it was noted that the majority of immigrants arriving at Québec were en route to destinations in the United States and had no intention of remaining in Canada. A government agent at Quebec, Alexander C. Buchanan, suggested that prospective emigrants should be offered free land to encourage them to want to remain in Canada.

In the 1920s, it was observed that over 20% of university graduating classes in engineering and science were emigrating to the United States. But the percentage of technically trained Canadians leaving the country dropped from 27% in 1927 to under 10% in 1951 and 5% in 1967. Even so, between 1960 and 1979 over 17,000 engineers and scientists emigrated to the United States.

Today, there is still a brain drain in existence from Canada to the United States, especially in specific sectors. These include the finance, information technology, aerospace, health care and entertainment industries. This migration preference is put down to higher wages and lower income taxes in the U.S. Research indicates that engineers and scientists are also attracted to America by the greater diversity of jobs in the United States and a perceived lack of research funding in Canada.

The United States itself is fortunate and rather unique in that it does not necessarily experience a large-scale brain drain to other countries since it has remained for many decades the destination of choice and perceived land of opportunity for many skilled migrants migrating from other parts of the world. The United States, however, does experience unevenness of distribution of its skilled worker population. A study conducted at the beginning of the 21st Century showed a definite preference for migration by young, skilled workers towards the West Coast and Southeast of America.

Over recent years the United States of America, like other countries, has found it impossible to avoid rural depopulation – the movement of skilled workers from the countryside to urban and suburban areas which has negatively affected the economies of rural communities across the country.

The situation that occurs when many trained and skilled migrants choose to move to another country is called a brain gain. Particularly as birth rates tend to decline in developed nations, it is crucial for governments to attract individuals who are able to add value to that country’s economy and skills pool. In 2000, at a Canadian symposium, the relationship of native skilled workers choosing to leave the country and replacement by their immigrant counterparts who wished to migrate to Canada was discussed. This simultaneous but converse relationship is sometimes referred to as a ‘brain transplant’.

Over recent years, Canada, along with several other developed nations has been proactive in encouraging interest from migrants able to contribute positively to the country, its economy and community. The country has a thriving economy – one of the top 10 in the world – which is centred on the vast array of natural energy resources and mineral reserves, including Oil, Gas, Gold, Nickel and Lead. The country also possesses strong aeronautics, automobile and space industries.

According to recent statistics and reports, the popularity of moving to a smaller Canadian community has increased amongst migrants. One of the major appeals being that trends show immigrants in smaller areas are more likely to earn equal income to the Canadian-born population much faster than those who decide to make new lives in larger metropolitan areas. Over recent time, the smaller Canadian communities have begun to work proactively to develop their own immigration strategies, to attract and encourage newcomers to their own particular part of the country.

Listening test #1

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SECTION 1

Section 1 Questions 1-10

Complete the form below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

SPCA Application for Dog Adoption

Example answer:

Applicant details Name: Helen Morgan

Date of Interview: September the (1)   Show answer 17th

Address: 12 Towley Avenue, Meadowlea

Tel: 443 5421

Lifestyle Details

Work schedule: At home apart from Wed/Fri between 10 am and (2) Show answer 2.30pm

Reason for Adopting a dog: As a (3) Show answer (family) pet

Number of people permanently living in household: (4) Show answer2

Ages (years) of children who visit regularly: (5) and 6. Show answer3

Allergies to dogs: None

Main carer: Applicant and (6) Show answer(her) husband

Property details

Home owned or rented: rented

Landlord’s contact number: 0795 (7) Show answer722 4189

Fenced yard/garden: Yes

Height of fence: (8) Show answer1.5 metres

Previous Ownership

Breed (9) Show answermix / mixed (breed)

Time owned (10) Show answer 6 years

What happened? Died of old age

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SPCA Rep Hello, welcome to the SPCA. Thanks for coming in for the interview. I know it must seem like quite a complicated process, when all you simply want to do is give an unwanted dog a caring home. However, we need to be sure that the people we re-home dogs with are suitable owners. I hope you understand!
Applicant Yes I do, don’t worry it really is no problem.
SPCA Rep Great, well in this interview, we are just going to go over some details relevant to matching you with the right kind of dog and Ill put some details into the computer as we talk. So your name is Helen Morgan?
Applicant Yes, that’s right.
SPCA Rep Okay and today’s date is. (Q1) September 18th, hmm oh no, its the 18th tomorrow, so its the 17th. Now I have all the address details here from when you first arranged the interview, that’s fine. 12 Towley Avenue , Meadow Lea, telephone number 443 5421, no problem with that, and I can see that you don’t have any pets at the moment. Oh, there is no information here about your work schedule. we need to know how long the dog would be likely to be left on its own you see.
Applicant Well, I actually work full-time, but I run my own business from home. I am at home all day most of the week, apart from Wednesdays and Fridays when I work outside from 10.00 to (Q2) 2.30pm
SPCA Rep Okay, well that sounds fine. We don’t normally allow dogs to go to homes where no one would be at home all day every day.
Applicant I understand.
SPCA Rep Now I need to ask you, why you are interested in adopting a dog – I mean, people do for different reasons. Would you say that you want the dog to be a guard dog for protection of your property I mean – or to be a family pet?
Applicant Well, it would be nice to have a dog that can tell us when someone is coming of course! But we don’t want a big dog that would be stereotypical guard dog, it would actually be a (Q3) family pet for myself and my husband, but we do plan to have children in the near future, so it would need to have a temperament that would be good with children.
SPCA Rep Yes, okay. So how many people live in your house?
Applicant Just the (Q4) two of us. Though my brother stays with us for summer holidays when he isn’t at university.
SPCA Rep And do you have children who visit on a regular basis?
Applicant Yes my two nieces, they are (Q5) 3 and 6. They visit most weekends with my sister.
SPCA Rep Okay, and is anyone living in the house allergic to animals?
Applicant My husband is allergic to cats but not dogs!
SPCA Rep So who will be responsible for the daily care of the pet?
Applicant Well my (Q6) husband works from home too, so it would be a joint effort between myself and him.
SPCA Rep Okay. Now, do you rent or own your home?
Applicant Actually we rent, but our landlord, Johnathon, has no problem with us having a dog, we’ve already checked with him and we are going to buy our own house in a few months anyway.
SPCA Rep Well, I hope you don’t mind, but we do need to check everything is okay, ourselves. Could you give me Jonathon’s phone number so we can make a confirmation call?
Applicant Sure, Ill give you his mobile number. Its 0795 (Q7) 722 4189
SPCA Rep ?
Applicant No 4189
SPCA Rep Okay. Now we need to be sure they animal would be safe from roads and traffic. Do you have a fenced yard or garden?
Applicant Yes we do
SPCA Rep And can you give me an idea how tall the fence is? Again it affects the type of dog that would be suitable as so can jump lower fences!
Applicant Actually, my friend adopted a dog last year and she told me that would be one of the questions, so I know exactly! Its (Q8) 1.5 metres tall
SPCA Rep Okay, now I just need to check your previous experience with dogs. Can you tell me if you have ever owned a dog before?
Applicant Yes, I have. We had dogs when I was a child but I have had only one myself as an adult.
SPCA Rep What breed was it?
Applicant It was (Q9) mixed breed actually, a medium sized dog, I would say. He was really friendly.
SPCA Rep Okay, and how long did you have him for?
Applicant 5, no wait a minute, (Q10) 6 years
SPCA Rep Do you mind telling me what happened to it?
Applicant Well, he was rescue dog and wasn’t young when I adopted him, so he died from age-related natural causes.
SPCA Rep Okay, well thanks very much. You are welcome to go and have a look at the dogs that are here at the moment, but it will take 3 or 4 days to confirm approval of your application. Ill telephone you and let you know the outcome as soon as it has been processed.
Applicant Okay, well thanks very much and I look forward to hearing from you

 

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Listening test #1

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Section 2:

Questions 11-20

Questions 11-15

Complete the sentences below using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER.

  1. All the ingredients used in Glengarret whisky are Show answer local
  2. The Gaelic word for whisky means Show answer Water of life
  3. Exports of Scotch grossed Show answer 2.5 billion pounds in 2007.
  4.   Show answerBlended whiskies are the best selling type of whisky.
  5. The Glengarret distillery was first established in Show answer1807.

Questions 16-20

Complete the flowchart below using one of the choices in the table for each answer. Use each choice once only. Write the correct letter A – L in the boxes.

A. FURNACE B. BARLEY C. COARSE
D. GRIST E. PEAT F. SMOKY 
G. DRIED H. DISTILLED I. MATURED
J. STIRRED K. HOT WATER L. OTHER DEBRIS

whisky_making

(16) Show answerB (Barley)

(17) Show answerE (Peat)

(18) Show answerD (Grist)

(19) Show answerJ (Stirred)

(20) Show answerI (Matured)

 

 

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Good morning everyone. I would first like to welcome you to the Glengarret distillery, where some of the world’s finest whisky is produced all from (Q11) local ingredients. Later on in the tour there will be a chance to sample some of our range of whiskies, but we’ll begin by looking at the history of our distillery.
For many people, Scotland is perhaps most famous for its whiskies. The word ‘whisky’ actually came from a Gaelic word which, when translated, means (Q12) ‘Water of Life’. A combination of traditional methods and the soft spring water used in the production of traditional Scotch whisky has made it a world favourite; in fact, exports of whisky in 2007 accounted for (Q13) 2.5 billion pounds – that’s nearly 80 pounds a second!  There are two main types of whisky; single malt or blended. Single malt whisky, as the name implies, uses only one type of grain in its production, and is completed as a single process. Blended whisky, on the other hand, can use a variety of different single malt whiskies and combine them. Many people believe the taste of a single malt whisky to be much finer than a blend, despite the fact that more (Q14) blended whisky is sold than single malts.
The first recorded reference to whisky dates as far back as 1494, but since that time many refinements have been made to the process of making whisky. Using the term ‘Scotch’ to refer to whisky has a very specific meaning. It is internationally protected, and only whiskies made in Scotland, using largely local ingredients, can be classified as ‘Scotch’. Despite strict regulations about using the term ‘Scotch whisky’, it is legally acceptable to use barley from any part of the world to create a Scotch whisky, but here at Glengarret we only use local barley. It is more expensive than importing it from other countries, but it gives our product the unique taste for which it is world famous.
This region has been producing whisky since the 1750s, although Glengarret has been operating for just over 200 hundred years, having been started in (Q15) 1807 by three brothers. Apart from the introduction of more modernised equipment, the whisky process here at Glengarret has changed only a little since those times. The company remains small, employing fewer than 25 people, with most of our staff being the third or even fourth generation of their family to work in the distillery.
Now we will move on to how our whiskies are made and where we get our 100% natural ingredients from. I would like to ask you to keep your questions until the end of this part of the tour – there will be plenty of time for questions later on. Now if you’d all like to follow me, we’ll start the tour.
One of the most important ingredients in whisky is barley. The barley being used for the production of whisky is carefully selected as it will largely determine the quality of the whisky when it is ready for sale. The first step towards making the whisky is when the barley is ‘malted’. This process takes a few days, during which time (Q16) the barley is spread out on the malting room floor as you can see here.
After about three days, this is then dried out. The malted barley is laid on racks inside the kiln, a special furnace used for drying, and it is here that a lot of the taste of a whisky is determined. Here at Glengarret, we use (Q17) peat – a type of soil rich in vegetation that gives the whisky a very smoky flavour. The dried malt is then taken to the dressing room, where the pure malt is separated from unwanted material and other debris. From the dressing room, the malt is then sent to the mill to be ground down into a coarse flour called (Q18) grist. The grist is then fed into the mash tun, along with hot water, where it is (Q19) stirred for some hours. This process is repeated three times. The remaining product is then put into wash backs, and yeast is added to start the fermentation process. This is then distilled, before being put into oak casks to (Q20) mature. Some of our older whiskies may take up to 18 years to mature properly.
OK, this is the end of this part of our tour. If anyone has questions, then please….

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Section 2:

SECTION 2

Questions 11- 15. Answer the questions using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

11. Whose lifestyle is the speaker talking about?

  Show answerWomen / Women’s

 

12. Which two examples of goods have now become thought of as necessities?

  Show answerDishwashers and microwaves (again, both words are needed for the correct answer)

 

13. In addition to work, what have these goods given us more time for?

  Show answerLeisure pursuits

 

14. What do richer societies become?

  Show answer(More) demanding

 

15. What does the ‘race of acquisition’ encourage us to buy?

  Show answerUnnecessary goods


Questions 16 to 20

Answer the following questions by selecting the correct letter A to C.

  1. Who is mostly responsible for creating the demand for new products?
    1. Wealthy, older people
    2. Professionals
    3. Models

    Show answerB

  2. Why should we be concerned with the increasing number of unnecessary appliances?
    1. The cost
    2. The environment
    3. The pace of technology

    Show answerB

  3. What other risk does the speaker refer to?
    1. A loss of traditional skills
    2. Health factors of pre-packaged food
    3. A negative impact on careers

    Show answerA

  4. Active buying behaviour
    1. will cause an increase in manufactured goods
    2. causes stress within families
    3. is a purely positive aspect of consumer behaviour

    Show answerA

  5. What does the speaker recommend for the future?
    1. Buy what is available
    2. Educating companies about sustainable production
    3. Purchase in moderation

    Show answerC

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Section 3:

 

Question 21. Choose the correct letter A–C.

21. Helen became a vegetarian
A. sixteen years ago.
B. because of family influences.
C. for personal reasons.
Show answerC

 

Questions 22-24. Answer the following questions using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS.

According to Helen,
22.  what is the most important food source for vegetarians?
Show answerSoya OR Soya bean

23.  what do most countries do to vegetables?
Show answerOvercook them

24.  it is a misconception people have that vegetarians are what?
Show answerUnhealthy

 


 

Questions 25-26 Complete the table below using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS OR A NUMBER

World

Europe

America

Beef consumption per head
(in kilogrammes per year)

less than 11

(25)

(26)

25. Show answer21

26. Show answer44


Questions 27-30.

Label the following diagram using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

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27. Show answerCereals

28. Show answerDairy

29. Show answerWhite meat

30. Show answerRed meat

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Questions 11-20

Questions 11-15

Select the correct answers A-C.

11. Who is the speaker addressing?

A. Property agents
B. People selling houses
C. People in the countryside
D. People buying second homes

  Show answerD

12. Rental property in the city…

A. is very easy to find
B. is becoming more difficult to find
C. is an investment opportunity
D. is often the only option

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13. Lisa Brown believes…

A. most people will own their own home at some time
B. there is a psychological factor involved in owning your own home
C. fewer people are interested in owning a house
D. most young people need a deposit before they can buy a house.

  Show answerB

14. Property in the countryside is becoming more popular because…

A. people want to get away from the city
B. some parts of the city are becoming overcrowded
C. the concept of the home office means that some people don’t need to go into work
D. public transport is beginning to serve outlying areas.

  Show answerC

15. What kind of properties does the speaker specialise in?

A. Commercial
B. Investment
C. First homes
D. Rural

Show answerB


Questions 16 to 20

Answer the following questions USING NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER

16. What end of the market are the properties?

Show answer(the) cheaper (end)

17. What does the speaker compare buying houses with?

Show answer(having a) pension(s)

18. What kind of equity can be the result of buying a property when the market is high?

Show answerNegative

19. How does she describe the feeling of successful property investment?

Show answer(Enormously) satisfying

20. How can you ask the speaker a question?

Show answerRaise (your / a) hand

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SECTION 3

Questions 21-30

Questions 21 to 24

Answer the following questions USING NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND / OR A NUMBER

21. How long is the radio show?

Show answer1 hour [‘weekly’ is incorrect as this is how often, not how long]

22. What is the general focus of the programme?

  Show answerConservation (issues)

23. Where is Professor Ripley from?

  Show answer(The) USA

24. According to Professor Ripley, what animals do people most associate with the African bush?

Show answer(Prides of) lions


Questions 25 to 28

Complete the table below using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER.

Threats Natural habitat Population
African lions bush Estimated to be (25) 
Tigers (26)   forests and plains fewer than (27) 
Snow leopards Expansion of (28) ___________ high-altitude pastures

25. Show answer50,000

26. Show answerHunters/ Hunting

27. Show answer6000

28. Show answerAgriculture


Questions 29 and 30

Circle the appropriate letter A–D.

29. Where is the WWF currently funding projects to help the snow leopard?

  1. Nepal, Pakistan and Bhutan
  2. Nepal and Pakistan
  3. Bhutan and Nepal
  4. Pakistan and Bhutan

Show answerB

30. Listeners should telephone

  1. immediately if they want to put forward an opinion
  2. during the commercial break
  3. in 10 minutes if they have anything they want to ask the professor
  4. if they have any information regarding pumas or jaguars.

Show answerC

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SECTION 4

Questions 31-40

Question 31

Circle the correct answer A–C.

31 The students are expecting

  1. to hear a lecture on overpopulation
  2. Mr Mackenzie
  3. a guest speaker

     Show answerC – the speaker told the class on Monday that the lecture on overpopulation was cancelled as they have a guest speaker.


Questions 32 to 36

Complete the table below using TWO WORDS OR A NUMBER.

42 million adults (32)   
50 million adults have the reading ability of a (33)      year-old.
Increasing by around (34)      and a quarter million per year.
Illiteracy costs
Unemployment Unrealised earnings Literacy programmes
cost (in billions of US dollars) (35)$       237 (36)$     

32. Show answerCannot read

33. Show answer10

34. Show answer2

35. Show answer6

36. Show answer10


Question 37

Circle the appropriate letter A–D.

37. Illiteracy is increasing because many young learners are

  1. not being taught how to break words into sounds
  2. given word lists which are too long
  3. not challenged enough in the classroom.

    Show answerA


Questions 38 to 40Complete the summary below USING NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS.

English is made up of 26 letters, with 44 (38)    and 70 ways of (39)   . Unsuccessful teaching practices persist, however, because reading is (40)    .

38. Show answerSounds

39. Show answerSpelling / spelling sounds

40. Show answerBig business (both words needed to get the correct answer)

 

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Section 4:

SECTION 4

Complete the sentences below using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS OR A NUMBER

Questions 31-40

Lecture on (31)     Show answerServices marketing

Examples: tourism and (32)     Show answerLegal advice

Common misconception is that marketing points to (33)     Show answerWeakness in what is being provided.

Marketing is actually essential in maintaining (34)     Show answerCustomer numbers

Selling a product is easier because it is (35)     Show answerTangible and customers do not have such different (36)   Show answerExpectations

Aim: offer service beyond hopes of (37)     Show answerClients

Important to: (a) keep informed & (b) (38)    Show answerConstantly improve

One way to achieve this: (39)     Show answer (Conduct) surveys

(40)     must always be available for any queries or problems. Show answerA representative

 

Read the tapescript Continuing our theme of business marketing, I have with me today Mr Brian Kinsella, who is here to talk about the differences between marketing a product and marketing a service.

Good morning. Now I understand that many of you here today are interested in a career in services marketing. Well I have been the marketing director for Oceania Travel for nearly 11 years, so I feel that I can present what I consider to be the most important aspects of marketing a service. However, before I begin, I want to clarify what I mean by services marketing. This not only means aspects like holiday destinations but also professional services such as legal advice. In short, anyone that sells a service.

Actually, a lot of the traditional services such as lawyers, accountants, etc. have not felt too comfortable marketing their services. It’s almost perceived in industries such as these that the need to market indicates a weakness in the services provided.
However, more and more such industries are realising the importance of marketing to sustain their customer numbers, especially when their competitors are marketing themselves.

Now, the main difference between marketing a product and a service is that the customers cannot understand exactly what the service will be. They can see a product and can comprehend exactly what that product will do for them. A service is more
intangible — by that I mean whatever each customer gains from the service is often very personal. For example, with a travel agency, clients choose to travel abroad for a multitude of motives. Some people travel overseas for the experience and really want to get to know the culture of the local people. Others wish to escape from reality, totally relax in sophisticated comfort and be waited on hand and foot. Obviously, our clients will not bejudging what we offer by the same standards, and travel agents, like other such service industries, have an extremely difficult job in satisfying a range of customers from diverse backgrounds with different expectations.

Our company has overcome this dilemma in a number of ways. First of all, our travel consultants are given extensive training in customer service and buyer behaviour. Our aim is not just to be a profit-making organisation, but also to meet and exceed the expectations or dreams of our clients. Our mission statement, in fact, is primarily to offer a service which is above and beyond the hopes of our clients. In addition, we regularly visit the tourist destinations we promote and inform all of our staff about any changes in specific areas.

Not only is it important to be fully informed about every possible aspect of the service you are marketing, it is also essential to constantly improve the service offered. At Oceania Travel, we regularly conduct surveys with all of the people that visit our resorts of choice. Any negative feedback we try to remedy at once. Our clients are met by a company representative during their stay, and we have a set procedure for dealing with any complaints. Our clients are not expected to have to approach the hotel reception, as we have a 24-hour contact service direct to our representatives, and this representative should always welcome any customer problems or questions. In the event of a complaint, the representative will then try to remedy the complaint with the hotel. If the problem cannot be rectified by the hotel manager, our representative is authorised to remedy the situation him or herself. For situations beyond the representative’s authority, our complaints department is contacted. The complaints department guarantees a solution within the day. If the customer is still not satisfied, they are welcome to approach our head office on their return.

So you see that marketing a service is catering more for the clients’ expectations than anything else and it is that which makes services marketing a very intricate business.

Now that’s the end of my presentation, but if there is anything you want to ask, then please feel free to do so.

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